The People’s Choice Award: Eric Moore
56: Eric Moore
Create a new line of ceramic pieces from local-based material research
My goal is to make pots that are not only functional but also beautiful. I want to be able to share parts of myself through my pottery as a way to connect to whoever handles my pottery. I use a lot of found material, specifically wild clay from Pennsylvania and now Vermont. Being able to add materials like these to my work is a way to guide the user on the journey that I took to get these materials. For instance the wild clay from Pennsylvania was dug at the same spot my father and I would always go fishing at. He would fish and I would play in the mud. The journey from collecting materials to finishing artwork is exciting and greatly fulfilling. My hope is that through my artwork I can elicit those same feelings with the viewers.
My primary goals with pursuing this project are to create new connections with local artists as well as educate on local Vermont materials. Being able to connect with Vermont based artists is important yet we all seem to be stationed in our own personal bubbles and rarely connect. With the information and experience gained from the project, I will be able to provide workshops, classes, and digital material that will connect artists together as well as pass on the experience gained.
Lidded Jar. “Wheel thrown Lidded Jar. Dipped in wild clay slip from Pennsylvania. Glazed in a white satin glaze and fired to cone 10 Reduction.”
Studded Rectangular Vessel. “Slab built rectangular vessel with press molded studs. Dipped in wild clay slip from Pennsylvania. Glazed in a white satin glaze and fired to cone 10R.”
Studded Mug. “Wheel thrown mug with press molded studs. Dipped in wild clay slip from Pennsylvania. Glazed in a white satin glaze and fired to cone 10 Reduction.”